Andy Murray has been a long time endorser of the Head Radical series, but it’s not his actual racquet of choice. Murray plays something known as a PT57A with 16×19 string pattern.
Andy Murray has advertised the Head Radical (currently the HEAD Graphene XT Radical Pro) series for many years, sort of as the successor of André Agassi. Little do most people know that he actually plays with a 20-year-old racquet in a different string pattern, namely the legendary Head Pro Tour 630 made popular among other by Thomas Muster. I did play with the Head Pro Tour 630 myself for a while, but wanted a 16×19 string pattern and finding a so called pro stock racquet of Murray’s mold is close to impossible and very expensive.
(If you’re interested in what racquets other ATP pro’s actually use…read this article about the tennis racquets of the ATP professionals).
And here’s a video I shot at Monte Carlo of Andy Murray playing some PT57A-inspired tennis.
The Head Pro Tour 630 (280 is the name of the US release of this racquet) has been hailed as one of the best racquets ever made by racquet experts/fans and is still played by quite a few players on the ATP world tour. Such as Murray, Simon, Cuevas, Haas and quite a few more. In pro stock tennis racquet lingo it’s called a PT57A.
Is the PT 630 or PT57A really as good as they say? Well, if you’re looking for an arm-friendly and great feeling racquet with an emphasis of control over power and spin – look no further. Most of the modern racquet technologies cannot really stand up to this beautiful blend of Twaron and graphite. It’s old school but still up to scratch (and in many cases beyond) with all the marketing hype of today’s current sticks.
Will it change your game immeasurably to the better? Nah, no racquet will do that. But it might save your elbow and wrist from a super stiff thick-beamed Babolat or Wilson racquet and that’s worth a lot, right?
So if you have the chance to play test a Head Pro Tour 630 or Head PT57A – do it, it might not make your game any better (only practice does that), but it sure is a nice and very comfortable ride. If you’re interested in other advice around buying a tennis racquet, check out the links and posts below.
Places where you can buy the HEAD Radical Graphene XT Pro and other tennis racquets.
Racquet buying guides
Here is a great racquet buying guide to get you started.
What tennis racquet should I buy?
Top tennis racquets to buy right now
The Gear of the Year 2016
Tennis racquets for juniors
Tennis racquets for kids